The Brother MFC Printer

Brother MFC 7840w printerA Brother MFC printer is great for anyone looking for a versatile machine for their home or small office. There are also a few models that can handle large office environments. Regardless of the model, they all have a few things in common. In addition to being versatile, they’re also reliable and durable.

When designing these machines, Brother took an across-the-board approach. The fax, copy, scan, and print functions are relatively even in regards to performance, although the fax often ends up on top and the printer on the bottom. Of course, a lot will depend on the specific model.

Brother offers good customer service and honorable warranties. Without mentioning any specific names, this is not something you will find with all companies involved in the printer business. When you call Brother, they at least act like they care. Let’s take a glance at some models so you have a better idea of what’s available.

Small Office

The Brother MFC-6490CW Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer is one of the most well received models in the series. Although now discontinued, I bring it up first because of its fair price, excellent customer satisfaction rating, and its plethora of features.

This model has more features than any in the series. More importantly, those features are effective. On top of that, the quality and speed stats are impressive. This is something you don’t often see for models with a lot of features. In most cases, a sacrifice is made somewhere along the line. That’s not the case with the MFC-6490. It’s a perfect machine for any small office.

Discontinued it may be but it’s available on Amazon for around $230 and maybe better value could be sought with one of the more current models but this is a good printer for a small business and an excellent starting point in your search.

Small Size

If you’re looking for a more compact model, consider the discontinued Brother MFC-7840W Laser Multifunction Center. Its dimensions are 21.7 x 20.1 x 20.5 inches and it weighs 24 lbs. There are smaller models in Multifunction on the market but it’s still a fairly compact size.

It’s an easy-to-use machine with standard features. These features include being able to enlarge and reduce copies from 25% to 400%, a 35-page automatic document feeder, wireless networking capability, a 250-sheet input tray with a fold-out rear tray, and the ability to handle 10,000 pages on a monthly basis. You can find the 7840w on Amazon for around $340.

Looking for a machine with a large LCD display? Then you want the Brother MFC-885CW Photo Color All-in-One with Wireless Networking and 5.8 GHz Cordless Phone. With the LCD display and control panel, you will be able to preview and print documents and photos and read through menus and prompts with ease. Speed is another great asset for this model, regardless of the function. In addition to that, it comes with a 5.8GHz cordless phone. This is a great model to consider for anyone who requires small office needs, as well as quality photo print features.

Larger Office

If you’re looking for a machine that can handle busy office environments, consider the Brother MFC-9940cn. The price is low for a high volume printer and can be found on Amazon for about $450 when available. This model can also handle large and oddly shaped documents. In addition to that, it’s a color laser printer, so your business presentations, reports, and whatever else is of great importance to you, will come out superb.

This model includes a 35-page automatic document feeder, as well as several different interfaces, including USB 2.0, USB Direct, and Ethernet. A nice bonus feature is that its PictBridge compatible, allowing you to print photos directly from many digital cameras.

It’s not an easy model to find as its far from current but your options are opened by looking for the Brother MFC-9420CN Network-Ready Color Laser Flatbed MFC which is in a similar vein and used models can be found on Amazon for around $300.

Of course, there are many other models to choose from in the Brother MFC printer series. It’s always a good idea to do your homework prior to making a purchase. While it might be time-consuming, it will often end up saving you a lot of time, money and stress.

Current Offerings

The listed models here are all discontinued but trusted older models. Often the best value is found with the current lines available such as the Brother MFCJ6910DW Business Inkjet All-in-One Printer with 11-inch x 17-inch duplex printing, dual paper trays and 3.3inch touch screen color LCD display. In fact the far better prices are always with the current models and this model has a lot of features for the great price of around $190. It has wired Ethernet networking 2-sided copying, scanning and faxing up to 8.5inch x 14inch (legal size).

In the more budget price line then consider the Brother Printer MFCJ625DW Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax which comes with wireless (802.11b/g/n) networking, PictBridge-enabled camera or USB flash memory drive and good value at under $120 on Amazon.

Yes I have been a little nostalgic with the earlier suggestions and unfortunately being discontinued does make them more expensive but the current models are possibly the better buys.

In most cases, being happy with a printer has more to do with the features being a match for what you need than if it’s a quality machine.

Overall, Brother is a quality company. Aside from versatility, the best thing about their models is the lack of issues. If I had to pick one word to describe Brother, it would be ‘solid.’

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About James Wikkee

James Wikkee has held several positions at two of the largest printer and scanner manufactures in the world. He knows the in and out of these devices through his +13 years of experience in the field.

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